Perranzabuloe Museum

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PERRANZABULOE, meaning 'Perran in the sands', is one of the largest parishes in Cornwall. The biggest centre of population is PERRANPORTH where the Museum is located. The Museum's exhibits form an interesting insight into the life and history of Perranzabuloe parish - from its earliest beginnings; the arrival of St Piran; the growth of fishing, farming and mining; the development and closure of the railway; to the tourist resort it has become today.
The villages and hamlets in the parish include Bolingey, Callestick, Goonhavern, Rejerrah, Penwartha, Perranwell, Rose and Ventongimps, also the areas of Lambriggan, Lambourne, Penhallow, Reen, Rejerrah and Silverwell.
There are many farms, small-holdings and light industries based in the parish.
The Museum is run by local volunteers who are responsible for its upkeep, stewarding and fund-raising.
A Friends scheme is an important source of help and support.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Please check before visiting.

Admission charges

Donations welcome

Getting there

The Museum is located above the Library, near the Ponsmere Hotel and Perranporth Methodist Church, on Ponsmere Road, off the main street in Perranporth.

Additional info


Children's trolley including jigsaws, word searches and quizzes always available.
Disabled access via stairlift and wheelchair available in the gallery with disabled access to toilet facilities.
Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome at our discretion.

If researching family or house history it is advisable to ring first to give our volunteers time to research for the relevant information.
Local outlets have a museum leaflet with map to help you find us.

In 2013 Perranzabuloe Museum will open on Thursday 28th March at 10.30 and close at 13.00 on Saturday 2nd November.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History

Exterior of Callestick Chapel

Edwards Collection

Mike Edwards was a potter at Bolingey Pottery. (There is a large collection of Bolingey Pottery in Perranzabuloe Museum) Image shows Callestick Chapel, near Perranporth, now a private residence.

Jim Easton in foreground with wartime beach defences behing him

Jim Easton Collection

Jim Easton was brought up in Perranporth in the 20th century and worked in Riley Garage as a mechanic, following in the footsteps of his father who was the mechanic for Donald Healey of Healey cars. The collection contains photos of land yacht races on Perranporth beach organised by Donald Healey, Wheal Ramoth capping scheme, the Gorseth at Perran Round and wartime aerial photos around the coast, including Perranporth. Image shows wartime defences on beach with Jim in foreground.

snow scene with tractor and red telephone kiosk

Joyce Kinrade Collection

Views of Callestock in the snow, the local hunt, beach views, St Piran's Church and the changing face of buildings in Perranporth in the late 1900s

2 farmers in field with ewe and 4 lambs

Kent Collection

A vast collection of images of events, people, buildings (and their demolition) and beach views spanning life in the 20th century in Perranporth. It also includes programmes for a ploughing match in 1928, a 1950s guide to Perranporth, brochures for Perran Sands Holiday Camp, the Poplars, Droskyn Castle Hotel and scenic flights from Perranporth Aerodrome. Of particular interest are images of men skating on the Boating Lake in the 1930s, Tregonning's horse bus, a ewe with 4 lambs (see image) and the interior of Polgreen's chemist in the early 1900s.

Miracle Play held at Perran Round medieval performance area in 1969

Rosewarne Collection

Miss Rosewarne came from a well-connected Truro family and lived in Perranporth. She and her friends loved to surf bathe on wooden surfboards in the 1920s and 30s. As well as photographs of those times, the collection has photos of the Miracle Play held at Perran Round in 1969 (see image), a hang gliding festival and trampolines where Percy Davey Close houses are now.

Trevor Miners Collection

The collection includes views of Perranporth in the early 1900s and the interior of Bolingey Chapel.

humorous postcard of young lady in bathing costume holding fishing net on a rod, saying all I want is you

Webb Postcard Collection

Two albums of old postcards of the Perranporth area collected by Ian Webb, a member of a local family, and donated in memory of his father-in-law Will Tamblyn. As well as a significant proportion of scenic views of the beach and town, there are views of hamlets in Perranzabuloe parish and sites connected with St Piran. The collection also includes humorous cards. Copies of all the collection are available to view in our Browsing Area.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Seated browsing area for viewing folders and digital information

Browsing Area

A seated area for browsing our collection of photographs, maps and videos on computer. Also a series of folders on various subjects connected with Perranzabuloe parish. Some photographs with copyright verification are for sale.

How to obtain

Free and available during opening times.

Kernocopia Box of Surfing

A box with various INDOOR! surfing activities and surfing STORIES. Originally created as part of the Cornish (Kernow) cultural events for the London Olympics.


  • Kernocopia

How to obtain

Available during opening hours and free.

Getting there

The Museum is located above the Library, near the Ponsmere Hotel and Perranporth Methodist Church, on Ponsmere Road, off the main street in Perranporth.

Perranzabuloe Museum
Oddfellows Hall
Ponsmere Road




01872 573321

during opening hours

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